Professor Inna Faliks has let us know that piano graduate student Xiao Chen has just won the second prize in the 2018 Carmel Music Society Piano Competition. She has written: Please join me in congratulating our DMA graduate and Principal Musician Xiao Chen, who won 2nd prize in the venerable Carmel Music Society Piano Competition. Congratulations also to Professor Richard Danielpour, whose Mardi Gras Prelude, mentioned below, won the hearts of so many.
“Second Prize winner Xiao Chen then took the stage, and in addition to her solid and masterful performance of Beethoven’s Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78 and the first movement of the Brahms Sonata No. 1, she really blew us away with a work probably none of us had ever heard before the Mardi Gras Prelude from Richard Danielpour’s The Enchanted Garden. This was a knock-out performance, and one we would love to hear again.” – Peninsula Reviews
Xiao Chen, center